REVIEW: Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis

nobody-but-youAuthor: Jill Shalvis
Series: Cedar Ridge #3
Release Date: March 29, 2016
Rating: 5/5
Source: ARC was provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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After an overseas mission goes wrong, Army Special Forces officer Jacob Kincaid knows where he must go to make things right: back home to the tiny town of Cedar Ridge, Colorado. All he needs to scrub away his painful past is fresh mountain air, a lakeside cabin, and quiet solitude. But what he discovers is a gorgeous woman living on a boat at his dock.

Sophie Marren has nowhere else to go.

She’s broke, intermittently seasick, and fighting a serious attraction to the brooding, dishy, I’m-too-sexy-for-myself guy who’s now claiming her dock. Something about Jacob’s dark intensity makes her want to tease—and tempt—him beyond measure. Neither one wants to give any ground . . . until they realize the only true home they have is with each other.

This is my first Jill Shalvis book and wow! I love it so much! Not only because Jill’s writing was amazing, but also because the story was sweet, fun, sexy and so so good! But add in equally great and swoony characters and you’ve got another read that you couldn’t put down because the story would pull you in and hold you tight.

Sophie Marren stole her ex-husband’s boat because she knew how much he loved it more than her. Their marriage wasn’t something she wanted to brag about because she knew it was a mistake. She promised herself to never trust the male population again so off she went sailing with The Lucas (the boat’s name which also happened to be her ex-hub’s) to get away from him. She endured her seasickness, the cold shower, the little things the boat could offer her and the lack of place to moor the thing. Just when she thought her boat life couldn’t get any better, the next thing she knew she was being shooed away by this hottie lake patrol for illegal mooring.

Jacob Kincaid is back to Cedar Ridge from the military after nine years. He’s staying for a while in a private cabin he rented for the duration to somehow fix his life or the life before he left that hurt his family. A woman is out of the equation because he has other things to attend to and because he’s… women rusty. But one smartass argument with a woman who couldn’t tie a rope of her boat which was parked in front of his private cabin’s dock made things pretty interesting.

WARNING: Not insta-love/insta-lust only super funny and adorable main character and love interest who were portrayed like real human beings that made me go AWWWW! Prepare to laugh out loud, blush like a teen and fan yourselves most of the time.

Sophie is one hell of a woman. I love her attitude very much! I love that she could be a bitch when she chooses to be and once she wants something, she sets her heart to do just that. Though she liked to please people (her father and her ex-hub) and that didn’t go well, she’s learning that sometimes you just couldn’t (please people) no matter how hard you try. I love that she had reservations with Jacob at first but she worked out her fear of being close to other man because Jacob was harmless and trustworthy. I love that she did not come off easy to Jacob but it only added to their sizzling chemistry in and out of the bedroom. And her independence and organizational skills are something to be commended! I love her personality so much!

Falling for a Jacob Kincaid is like breathing air. It’s easy, it’s comfortable and it makes you alive. He’s that character you’d wish were real so you could keep him forever. Though he seemed to be a bit dark, behind the exterior was a funny and caring, intense man who wanted nothing but the best for his family. And he wanted to be a part of that again. So he’s set to work his way slowly just to have them trust him again. He just never expected that Sophie would be with him every step of the way and would make him so happy he never wanted to leave home again. Also: not a jerk, not even an OTT alpha but could melt panties by his smile. And his heart.

I started reading this book without so much of an expectation and man, I love the feelings I got during and after reading it! It’s a feel good book that’s sure to make you warm on the inside. The book has a lot of connecting issues but Jill perfectly wrapped them all up with her captivating, seamless writing and didn’t miss any loop hole that could break the story. I have no words! Five stars won’t be enough to score her writing prowess. If anything, it made me want more because Jacob and Sophie are those characters that will stay with you for the rest of your life. You’ll always crave for them because they’re the perfect blend of fully developed, strong and sexy characters. Actually, all the secondary characters in the book! I’m now patiently waiting for Kenna’s story! Another great thing about the story is the pacing. Jill made sure nothing was rushed and the relationships revolving around Jacob’s and Sophie’s have progressed naturally. Let’s not even forget how Jill could nail the steamy scenes! Though there were fade-to-blacks, she didn’t let her readers miss the good, remarkable ones and there were a handful lot of it!

Nobody But You hit home with its delightfully sincere story, extraordinary characters and Jill’s impressive composition. It instantly made me a Jill Shalvis fan! They are not kidding when they say she’s one of the best romance authors out there! The book has it all—A+++ writing, well rounded characters, relationships (romantic and family), truly enjoyable and heartfelt story. Very highly recommended (to anyone) that it’s become one of my faves and best reads this year—this early! Now, how about some bonus scenes of Jacob and Sophie?

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